FASHION LUMINARIES. Get To know these famous fashion figures through documentaries and biopics that unveil their Behindthe-Scene moments
Appointed as the successor of Christian Dior at the age of 21, being the first couturier to launch a ready-to-wear collection in 1966 and having liberated women with his Le Smoking suit during the 1970s, designer Yves Saint Laurent has definitely led an extraordinary life. Chronicling the designer’s ups and downs since the beginning of his career in 1958 is the eponymous biopic “Yves Saint Laurent.” The movie offers a glimpse into his life-defining moments in fashion while highlighting the tumultuous relationship with his longtime lover and business partner, Pierre Bergé. With some scenes filmed at the original venues and Bergé’s foundation loaning 77 vintage outfits from Saint Laurent’s archive to the documentary crew, this title definitely feels authentic.
Despite the fact that Marc Jacobs no longer sits at the helm of luxury brand Louis Vuitton, he is, undeniably, a crucial figure who managed to turn the brand into a force to be reckoned with and an industry leader. Documented in “Marc Jacobs & Louis Vuitton” is the designer’s creative process as the brand’s creative director, presented through real behind-closed-doors footage. It is indeed refreshing to witness how Jacobs gave this heritage brand its modern and innovative stature it is known for today.
“I love beauty; it’s not my fault.” This simple but meaningful statement from Valentino Garavani accurately sums up his extravagant life and remarkable career as a fashion designer. “Valentino: The Last Emperor,” however, also showcases his flaring temper and bouts of anxiety during a critical moment approaching his retirement. Shot from 2006 to 2007, the documentary highlights the final working period of the era’s last couturier.
Who’s that genius behind the jet-black sunglasses and always-sharp tuxedo? “Lagerfeld Confidential” attempts to answer that question by following the storied designer through his many activities: fashion shows, interviews, photo shoots and so on. A sharp mind with an equally sharp tongue, Lagerfeld is a delight to watch as he never hesitates to sound off his opinions on camera.